101 [ARTS] Introduction to Digital Technology & Culture – (3 Credits)
Inquiry into digital media, including origins, theories, forms, applications, and impact with a focus on authoring and critiquing multimodal texts.
DTC 101 will give you an overview of the program. You will learn how to think critically about media and its relationship to culture. Some past projects have included using Adobe SPARK to create content, creating and analyzing “Let’s Plays” videos, and more.
This course is an introduction to digital technology and culture that integrates interdisciplinary knowledge from literary studies, rhetoric and composition, art and design, business, and sociology to prepare students for the technical and cultural challenges of the 21st century. While this class is committed to introducing students to the history and culture of digital technology, it will also provide students with hands-on experiences with digital tools and delve into questions about what makes something digital and how we conceptualize our lives beyond the digital.
– Excerpt from DTC 101 syllabus written by Leeann Hunter, Clinical Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of English Undergraduate Studies
“DTC 101 gave me a solid understanding of what the program was about. I learned that you can do anything with the content that you create and you are not limited to only one path in college.”
– Kelly-anne Cubley, DTC Student
104 Digital Foundations – (1 Credit)
Foundational computing skills: hardware, file management, common operating systems and applications, library resources, and professionalization.
201 [ARTS] Tools and Methods for Digital Technology – (3 Credits)
An introduction to the tools and methods of production for multimedia authoring in digital contexts.
DTC 201 will provide you with a basic understanding of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications. It will allow you to relate a concept such as a historical time period or video game to contemporary times. You’ll work on creating media that critiques cultural phenomena.
Tools and Methods for Digital Technology is an introduction to tools and methods of production for multimedia authoring in digital contexts. Material covered will include but not be limited to the introduction of technical concepts regarding image production, the use of vector and bitmap graphics, digital and print design, and audio and video production. Conceptual aspects of design, composition, and audience analysis, and usability will also be covered with an emphasis on creative and critical thinking.
– Excerpt from 201 syllabus written by Kristin Becker, Instructor
“I liked how DTC 201 gave me an introduction to a variety of different programs. It helped me realize what I wanted to focus on and figure out what classes I should take next.”
– Evie Caldwell, DTC Student
206 [DIVR] Digital Inclusion – (3 Credits)
Examination of global reach of digital environments, structures, and tools with focus on inclusion in terms of access, availability, affordability, adoption, and application across cultures.
Digital Inclusion takes as its starting point the need for the digital environment to be inclusive and equitable. The course examines the digital environment from web design to voting machines, from legal structures to diverse emoticons on social media platforms, and from broadband access to website domain name registration to see how inclusion and equity are imagined, put into action or undermined. The course will look at the rise of digital technology alongside cultural, social, and legal frameworks that defined a certain set of digital defaults that exclude as much as they attempt to include. Digital Inclusion will explore how to making connections in a global environment means unpacking the very tools we use to communicate, the ways in which digital platforms are built and who can and can’t use these tools, platforms, and systems.
– Excerpt from 206 syllabus written by Anna Plemons, Clinical Assistant Professor of English & Director of CLASP for the College of Arts and Sciences
208 [ARTS] Introduction to Digital Cinema – (3 Credits)
A practical introduction to the technological and cultural transformations driving the evolution of cinematic techniques from the birth of motion pictures to emerging technology.
335 Digital Animation: Story, Narration and Production – (3 Credits)
3D digital animation for creative and professional presentations using Maya software, art skills, story-telling and team problem-solving techniques.
336 Composition and Design – (3 Credits)
Course Prerequisite: DTC 201. Design practices and process for composing for a multimedia environment including color, pattern and shape.
(Crosslisted course offered as DTC 336, ENGLISH 336.)
DTC 336 will introduce you to fundamental elements and principles of design for a 2D surface. The class has hands-on projects with both print and digital elements. A major goal of the course is to teach you to see and to describe in order to design.
Composition and Design introduces the fundamental elements and principles of design for the two-dimensional surface at a beginning to intermediate level. Using hands-on design projects with both print and digital components, students become familiar with design elements such as shape, line, texture, color, and typography. Students are then challenged to manipulate and combine these elements to explore the more complex principles of design, such as balance, pattern, rhythm, and hierarchy, in the service of graphic design-inspired communications. A major goal of the course is the ability to see and to describe—and therefore to design—compositions in an abstract sense, using the visual design language we develop. The ability to see abstractly is crucial for a designer, making him or her better equipped to estimate how visual choices may affect comprehension of a specific message. All projects in the course involve both hands-on (material) components and processes, as well as digital (virtual) components and processes.
– Excerpt from syllabus written by Kristin Becker, Instructor
“DTC 336 was a great class for learning all about design principals and to gain hands-on experience. The assignments, in class activities, and final project all allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the technical and artistic nature of digital design.”
– Elise Detloff, DTC Student
338 Special Topics in Digital Technology and Culture – (3 Credits)
May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Major trends or artists in digital technology and culture.
Introduction to Web Design
Advanced Composition & Design
354 Digital Storytelling – (3 Credits)
Nonlinear, multi-linear, and interactive narrative using elements of creative writing such as character, dialog, setting, plot and image.
(Crosslisted course offered as DTC 354, ENGLISH 354.)
DTC 354 will teach you about a wide range of storytelling techniques and the role they have in culture through narrative elements such as character, dialog, and plot. You will use tools such as storyboards, sound composition, visual composition, and editing to create original projects.
As humans, we have evolved to both tell and experience stories. DTC 354 Digital Storytelling explores the properties of linear and multilinear forms of narrative. It examines the role and influence of story in contemporary Western culture, in diverse fields such as business, health care, science, and education. This course introduces the skills and techniques used to tell compelling and meaningful stories in the digital environment.
– Excerpt from syllabus written by Rebecca Goodrich, Clinical Assistant Professor
355 [M] Multimedia Authoring: Exploring New Rhetorics – (3 Credits)
Writing for new computer-based media; multimedia authoring project; examination of new rhetorics of information technology.
(Crosslisted course offered as DTC 355, ENGLISH 355.)
DTC 355 will help you develop strategies for websites that encourage engagement. You will learn fundamentals in HTML and CSS, Content Management Systems, and Writing for and about the Web.
356 [M] Information Structures – (3 Credits)
Course Prerequisite: DTC 101. Social and cultural role of information; research with electronic sources; production, validation, storage, retrieval, evaluation, use, impact of electronic information.
(Crosslisted course offered as DTC 356, ENGLISH 356.)
DTC 356 will allow you to explore cultural, aesthetic, and political roles of information and data. From Wikipedia to library catalogs, you will learn about the many different ways of looking at data in the digital age.
This course examines how the social, cultural, legal, economic, and political roles of information relate to research with and on electronic and digital sources and subjects. More specifically, it asks you to examine how research functions in the information age: not only the searches and research that you do, but the research that is done to and on you. That examination investigates possible parallels among academic research, market research, security research, and government surveillance. Course topics include the production, validation, storage, retrieval, evaluation, coding, analysis, use, abuse, and impact of electronic research and digital information.
– Excerpt from syllabus written by Mike Edwards, Assistant Professor
375 [M] Language, Texts and Technology – (3 Credits)
Course Prerequisite: DTC 101. Relationship between technology and communication; writing practices from a historical point of view.
(Crosslisted course offered as DTC 375, ENGLISH 375.)
This course explores the interrelationships among technology, communication, and composing practices from a historical point of view. Many of the issues of current concern to people who study and work with digital technologies and culture have deep historical roots, and composing and computation are both technologies that are themselves thousands of years old.
– Excerpt from syllabus written by Mike Edwards, Assistant Professor
392 Video Games Theories and History – (3 Credits)
History and theory of video games with a focus on innovation and cultural impact.
435 Advanced Animation – (3 Credits)
Course Prerequisite: DTC 335. Advanced investigation of tools and methods for 2D and 3D digital animation.
(Crosslisted course offered as DTC 435, ENGLISH 435.)
475 [DIVR] Digital Diversity – (3 Credits)
Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Cultural impact of digital media in cultural contexts; issues of race, class, gender, sexuality online.
(Crosslisted course offered as AMER ST 475, DTC 475, ENGLISH 475.)
DTC 475 will teach you about the social impact of new technologies such as the internet, video games and social media. You will take a look at digital diversity and question how technology can bring people together or push them apart. Topics range from issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality.
476 Digital Literacies – (3 Credits)
Course Prerequisite: DTC 375. Development and use of new literacies as they affect communication through technology.
(Crosslisted course offered as DTC 476, ENGLISH 476.)
DTC 476 will allow you to unpack the term “digital literacy.” The term has many meanings depending on who you talk to in the professional world. You will learn how digital literacy plays a role in communities, information sharing and gathering, education, and work life.
477 Advanced Multimedia Authoring – (3 Credits)
Course Prerequisite: DTC or ENGLISH 355. Advanced writing, imaging and teamwork skills for authoring in new computer-based media; website project in client-oriented context.
(Crosslisted course offered as DTC 477, ENGLISH 477.)
478 Usability and Interface Design – (3 Credits)
Course Prerequisite: DTC or ENGLISH 355. Design of websites using best practices of visual literacy, interface architecture and usability.
(Crosslisted course offered as DTC 478, ENGLISH 478.)
“This is one of my favorite courses to teach. We work on UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) concepts, then we apply them in a service-oriented environment. The students are broken into small groups that work with regional community partners to test and redesign their existing websites. The students and the community partners get a lot out of the collaboration.”
– Ruth Gregory, Instructor & Assistant Director of Digital Technology and Culture
491 Digital Cinema – (3 Credits)
Course Prerequisite: DTC 201 or 208. Exploration of advanced techniques, theories, and aesthetic strategies of cinema in the age of digital media, including video remix, mobile cinema, webisodes, cinematic games, hyperlinked video, and database cinema.
492 Engines and Platforms – (3 Credits)
Course Prerequisite: DTC 355. A study of software platforms and engines used for media design, with special focus on intuitive tools, rapid work flow, multimedia platform environments, and asset management.
497 Senior Seminar – (3 Credits)
Course Prerequisite: Completion of Junior Writing Portfolio; certified major in Digital Technology and Culture; senior standing. Major multimedia project for nonprofit organization or small business with special focus on project management, planning, and execution.
May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Direct professional learning experiences in the area of digital media, technology, and culture. S, F grading.
Internships are required for DTC majors. Each 1 credit of the internship course is equivalent to 50 hours of work in the field. 3 credits of DTC 498 are required for the Bachelor of Arts in DTC degree.
More information about DTC Internships can be found here.
499 Special Problems
May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 12 hours. Course Prerequisite: Certified major in Digital Technology and Culture; junior standing. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.
560 Critical Theories, Methods, and Practice in Digital Humanities – (3 Credits)
History, theory, and practice of digital humanities, with attention paid to how digital humanities are transforming disciplinary knowledge.
(Crosslisted course offered as ENGLISH 560, DTC 560.)
561 Studies in Technology and Culture – (3 Credits)
Foundation examination of key concepts, tools, and possibilities afforded by engaging with technology through a critical cultural lens.
(Crosslisted course offered as DTC 561, ENGLISH 561.)